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Want to design a Guggenheim? Foundation launches open competition for proposed Helsinki museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation launched an open, international competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. This is the first time that the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. The keenly anticipated two-stage competition is expected to draw submissions from a wide range of firms and individuals—emerging and internationally famous—from around the world.

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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 21:10
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Waterfront view including the competition site from the Market Square, looking south. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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New study shows protected bike lanes increase ridership, desirability of neighborhood

Recently, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) released their findings on protected bikes lanes in the US, a subject that has only been explored in a limited number of studies.
 
Their study looked at protected bikes lanes in Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. All five cities were part of the Green Lane Project, which works with cities around the country to speed the creation of protected bike lanes and is sponsored by People for Bikes.
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Increases in observed ridership within one year of protected bike lanes' construction ranged from 21% to 171%. 

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A study of protected bikes lanes in five U.S. cities shows a 21% to 171% increase in observed ridership within one year of the bike lanes' construction.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 10:10
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A study of protected bikes lanes in five U.S. cities shows a 21% to 171% increase in observed ridership within one year of the bike lanes' construction.

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Insurance giant sues nearly 200 Illinois communities for failing to prepare for climate change

Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

The suits charge that the municipalities did not do enough to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains, causing the insurance company to pay out claims that could have been averted.

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Farmers Insurance says cities should have taken action to avert flood damage

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Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 10:39
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Photo: Marckos via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Marckos via Wikimedia Commons
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Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

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Dikes, water pumps, and parks will help New York City area be more resilient

The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

The money will go towards the construction of a system of dikes around the tip of lower Manhattan, and water pumps and parks across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

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Federal aid will pay for projects in lower Manhattan and New Jersey

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The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 11:02
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The Big U is one of six resiliency proposals moving forward. Renderings courtesy
The Big U is one of six resiliency proposals moving forward. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.
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The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

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Over budget Homeland Security headquarters project may be canceled

A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

When it was first proposed, the development was said to be critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington. The project on the grounds of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital would centralize the department’s operations. More than 50 historic buildings would be renovated and new ones erected.

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Congressional support lacking for additional funds

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A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 11:08
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Under the original plan, the complex was scheduled to be finished as early as th
Under the original plan, the complex was scheduled to be finished as early as this year for less than $3 billion. But only a Coast Guard building (pictured) has been completed. Photo: GSA
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A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

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UC Davis students win big in steel bridge engineering competition

A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC), hosted by the University of Akron's College of Engineering, May 23-24 in Akron, Ohio. For the third consecutive year, second place overall went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Categories of competition were construction speed, stiffness, lightness, economy, display and efficiency.

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A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. About 600 students from 47 college and university teams participated.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 15:13
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University of California-Berkeley students prepare for the vertical load test. Photo courtesy of the AISC.
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A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. About 600 students from 47 college and university teams participated.

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KPF, Kevin Roche unveil design for 51-story Hudson Yards tower in NYC [slideshow]

Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group today unveiled Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development. The building is perfectly positioned at the intersection of Hudson Yards, the High Line and Hudson Park & Boulevard.  

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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to 28-acre Hudson Yards development.

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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development—the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S.

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Fri, 2014-06-06 10:07
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Fifty Five Hudson Yards is designed to integrate with its rich surroundings. The large windows of the podium gaze onto the public square and a 10th-floor terrace level overlooks the High Line. Renderings: courtesy Related Companies
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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development—the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S.

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Must see: Can a floating city offset urban population growth in China?

As China faces large urban populations and the need for new living solutions, a new idea has been floated—literally. AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city, which was commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company.

To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. The same type of blocks are currently being used by CCCC to build a bridge between Hong Kong and Macau. In theory, the new floating city would have all the features of a normal city.

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Some of the components involved are set to be tested as soon as next year.

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AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city to offset increasing urban populations in China. To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. 

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Fri, 2014-06-06 10:12
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All renderings courtesy of AT Design Office.
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AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city to offset increasing urban populations in China. To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. 

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Bob Howell named President, CEO of SSOE Group

SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm. Effective December 3, 2014, Bob Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.
 
"This exciting milestone marks neither the beginning nor end of this important transition for the company.
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Bob Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 11:17
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Bob Howell, SSOE's new CEO
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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Eli Broad museum files $19.8 million lawsuit over delays

The Eli and Edythe Broad museum, currently under construction in Los Angeles, is suing German architectural fabricator Seele "for what it describes as delays in fabricating the building blocks for its unusual latticed facade," the New York Times reports.

The museum was slated to open by the end of this year, but its opening date has been pushed back to 2015. The $19.8 million suit was filed on Friday.

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The museum was slated to open by the end of this year, but its opening date has been pushed back to 2015. 

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The museum, meant to hold Eli and Edythe Borad's collection of contemporary art, is suing the German company Seele for what the museum describes as delays in the creation of building blocks for its façade.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 11:56
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Credit: The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
All renderings: courtesy The Broad Art Foundation and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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The museum, meant to hold Eli and Edythe Borad's collection of contemporary art, is suing the German company Seele for what the museum describes as delays in the creation of building blocks for its façade.

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